Karel Goetghebeur is the owner and driving force of the internationally known Belgian saxophone brand "Adolphe Sax & Cie".
In 2014 Karel came up with the idea to recycle artillery shells from the world wars and turn them into saxophones.
After a long journey with a lot of obstacles, he was finally able to officially announce the Sax4Pax project days before his initial deadline which was
Armistice, November, 11th 2018.
As with any project it took a team to bring this project to fruition. Find out about the other people behind Sax4Pax.
NATIONAL COLLECTION CAMPAIGN WAS A SUCCES!
From the end of 2018 through February 2019, we held a collection campaign in Belgium, asking people to donate their prized collection of their old artillery shells. Every decorated shell was photographed to preserve their place in history.
It was a resounding success! 546 artillery shells were collected (we didn't count all the gun casings!), for a total of 989 kg (2180 lbs) = 116% of the required minimum to create 193 saxophones. Shells used on the battlefields of war have changed from weapons of hatred to saxophones of harmony.
"Verily a beautiful and meaningful initiative!"
— Paul Breyne Former provincial governor
Commissioner-general commemoration of the First World War
At Ralph Bunche Park near the UN building in New York City called "The Isaiah Wall", depicting a prophecy from Isaiah 2:4.
It talks about a time that there will be peace. Ralph Bunche was the first African-American to receive the Noble Peace Prize.
This prophecy inspired Karel to turn used battlefield artillery shells into saxophones. These shells were made from brass, a copper alloy also used to make saxophones. Shells used to make war have been turned into a tool to promote peace and understanding.
“From Hatred to Harmony.”
What people say about the Sax4Pax project